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The 40-foot Yaga Labyrinth is a meditative space on the property, similar to a maze, made from stones collected from the surrounding landscape. Named as a tribute to the indigenous Paiute people who inhabited what is now known as the village of Tecopa, the Yaga Labyrinth offers spacious views of the mountain peaks and desert plains of Death Valley. The area offers unique opportunities for stargazing, with viewing peaking on weekends before and after the new moon. The central office at the resort supplies star charts for guided star gazing.
The resort is also home to the TAG Art Gallery, featuring the works of local artists in a rotating exhibit. The gallery also sometimes offers art-related workshops and events.
Things to Do Nearby
China Ranch near Tecopa is a small family owned and operated date farm, with miles of hiking trails through the Mojave Desert. Just a one-mile walk from the ranch lies the Amargosa River, a haven for the area’s wildlife. Visitors exploring the trails may see coyote, foxes, badgers, bobcats, more than 100 species of birds, and many species of reptiles. Interpretive guided wildlife walks offer a deeper look at the plants, animals, and history of the desert. Old abandoned mines also dot the landscape. Mine shaft entrances in the area around China Ranch make great photo opportunities but are considered dangerous and should never be entered. The Ranch itself produces several varieties of California dates in a grove of date palms planted in the early 1920s. The Gift Shop offers date products from whole fruit to baked goods and jellies, as well as and hand-crafted gifts for sale.
Death Valley National Park is the nation’s hottest, driest, and lowest national park, encompassing over 3 million acres of wilderness in southwest America’s vast desert. Despite these extremes, the area is home to a wide range of plant and animal species. Visitors can explore the park by its hundreds of miles of backcountry roads or follow cross-country hiking and biking routes.
Gift shops spread throughout the area offer a range of merchandise from Native American art to polished stones, clothing, and jewelry. Other local vendors produce soaps, clays, honey, and jams to take home.
860 Tecopa Hot Springs Road, P.O. Box 25, Tecopa, CA 92389, Phone: 760-852-4420